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Incoming class most ethnically diverse

August  18, 2011

Class of 2015 by the numbers

Imagine meeting people from 19 states, seven countries and many ethnic backgrounds. More than 700 first-year students at Augustana College will do just that as they move to campus Aug. 18 and prepare to begin classes Aug. 22.

"The Class of 2015 is the most ethnically and culturally diverse group of students we've ever enrolled," said Kent Barnds, vice president of enrollment, communication and strategic planning. "This is a group of students who represent what's best about Augustana.

"They are high-achievers inside and outside the classroom," added Barnds.

Enrolled from a pool of 4,615 applicants, the Class of 2015 has an ACT score range between 24 and 29 for the middle 50 percent. Students also indicated a high level of involvement in community service, fine and performing arts, and athletics.

The incoming class has an impressive résumé of co-curricular activities, including academic clubs, leadership organizations and professional groups.

"These are high-achieving students who have shown they understand the importance both of serving and of leading," said Augustana President Steven C. Bahls. "This indicates a good fit with Augustana's commitment to engagement on campus and in the community."

Bahls continued, "Given the diversity of background, experience and accomplishment, I am looking forward to seeing the ways in which the Class of 2015 will shape this community even as Augustana's high-impact liberal arts education works to transform them."

First-year students will move to campus on Aug. 18 for Fall Connection, a series of programs designed to welcome them to campus and provide a foundation for their first year of college. The orientation includes programs on housing, study habits, campus safety, campus organizations and ways to serve in the Quad-Cities community.

Keri Rursch
Executive Director of Public Relations, Communication and Marketing
(309) 794-7721